Designed solely for students who’ve completed the MITx MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science, this degree pathway offers a core curriculum in finance. Your courses complement the in-depth training in data science, giving you the tools and perspective needed to be an industry leader.
What You’ll Learn
Through the graduate program in finance you:
- Study the core elements of financial management theory including; accounting, finance, economics, business valuation, and financial statement analysis.
- Gain insight into the latest financial management practices through lecture, case studies, group projects, and active learning experiences.
- Apply data science and financial tools to real-world problems.
In this pathway, Harvard Extension School will credit four courses toward the finance program for earning the MITx MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science. One course will cover the required statistics requirement and the other three will count as electives.
To earn the master’s degree, you complete the following eight courses (32 credits).
8 Graduate Courses
Courses can be completed online or on campus. At least two courses must be completed on campus. Weekend options available.
- 1 microeconomics or economics of business course
- 1 principles or managerial finance course
- 1 financial or managerial accounting course
- 1 financial statement analysis course
- 1 investment theory course
- 1 corporate finance course
- 1 business valuation course
- 1 elective
Many courses can be taken online, but the degree requires a Harvard campus experience. You come to Cambridge for at least two courses (8 credits), which offers you in-person access to faculty, campus resources, and the academic community.
On-campus requirements can be completed through any combination of the following options. If you have limited flexibility, you can typically fulfill the requirement in two intensive weekends.
- 15-week fall or spring semester courses that meet only on campus. Courses with the format “on campus or online” do not fulfill this requirement.
- Courses that combine weekly online classes over a semester with an intensive weekend on campus.
- Three-week January courses that meet only on campus.
- Three-week or seven-week summer courses that meet only on campus.
International Students Who Need a Student Visa
To meet the on-campus requirement, you study with us in the summer. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School’s three- or seven-week sessions. For more information, see the International Student Study Options page.
Admissions and Getting Started
After you’ve earned the MicroMasters Program credential in Statistics and Data Science, you begin the admission process by simply registering—no application needed—for the following graduate-level course:
- 1 microeconomics or economics of business course
Prerequisites: Before registering for either economics course, you’ll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills. Alternatively, you can complete EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or higher to meet the registration requirement, but EXPO 34 does not count toward the degree.
Grade requirements: You must complete the economics course with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.
Eligibility: Prior to beginning this pathway, which starts with your first MITx course, you need to possess a four-year, regionally accredited US bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master’s degree in finance or related field.
Submitting Your Application
During the semester that you are completing your economics course, submit the official application to the program.
Don’t delay! To achieve academic success and meet your expected graduation date, it is critical to prioritize the degree course for admission and apply before completing subsequent courses. By doing so, you’ll avoid the delayed application fee and gain access to exclusive degree candidate privileges.
If you submit a complete and timely application—which includes your MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Statistics and Data Science as well as the required Harvard course, grade, and cumulative GPA—you will be admitted, after which you’ll have seven more courses to take to earn the degree.
For more details about eligibility, the application process, and application fees, visit Admissions.
MicroMasters Program Admission Pathway Policy
The MITx MicroMasters Program credential in Statistics and Data Science must be earned prior to enrolling in any degree-applicable courses at Harvard. Further, the credential cannot be more than three years old at the time of application. Credit is only granted for the entire MicroMasters Program; Harvard credit will not be awarded for individual courses.
Cost and Financial Aid
Affordability is core to our mission. You’ll find our tuition comparable to tuition at public universities. And when compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.
|Our Tuition (2020–21 rate)||$2,900 per course|
|Average Tuition of Peer Institutions||$5,476 per course|
|Average Total Cost||$23,200|
After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.
To Complete Your Degree
Maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or Higher
Earn a B or higher in economics and finance and a B– or higher in all other courses, but be sure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher.
You are allowed to receive one withdrawal (WD) grade without it affecting your GPA. Any additional WD grades count as zero in your cumulative GPA. See Academic Standing.
Finish Your Coursework in Five Years
You have five years to complete your degree requirements. The five-year timeline begins at the end of the term in which you complete any one degree-applicable course at Harvard, whether or not you have been admitted to the program.
Harvard courses over five years old at the point of admission will not count toward the degree.
Potential degree candidates must plan accordingly and submit their applications to comply with the five-year course expiration policy or they risk losing degree credit for completed course work. Additionally, admission eligibility will be jeopardized if, at the point of application to the program, the five-year degree completion policy cannot be satisfied.
Graduate with Your Harvard Degree
When you have fulfilled all degree requirements, you will earn your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, Field: Finance. Degrees are awarded in November, March, and May, with the annual Harvard Commencement ceremony in May.
Degree Guidelines & Policies
Learn more about special academic opportunities, student privileges, and policies.